Free checked baggage in basic economy may soon be a memory

Travelers wait in line at the Delta Air Lines ticket counter inside LaGuardia Airport in New York on June 29, 2017. Bloomberg photo by David Williams

Delta Air Lines will soon demolish a travel shibboleth that dates back decades. The airline's introduction of its "basic economy" fares across the Atlantic will herald the end of free checked bags for international travelers who choose the lowest price.

Starting April 10, Delta and three of its European joint venture partners-Air France, Alitalia and KLM-will add a $60 charge to check a bag if you purchase the basic, or "light" fare now offered on more than half of its European routes. In other words, pay less for your ticket and more for luggage, or just limit yourself to a carry on. Delta's change, announced last month, also extends restrictions similar to those found on domestic routes, such as an advanced seat assignment, ticket changes or refunds...

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